We are saddened by the shocking news of the death of New Jersey native and actor Christopher Reeve. His tireless efforts and unshakeable hope provided inspiration for people with all kinds of debilitating injuries. Reeve did more in his disability to promote awareness and education for people with spinal cord injuries than most able-bodied people do in their lifetime. Reeve is a hero in every sense of the word.
Here, at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, we work with people affected by spinal cord injuries and illnesses, brain injuries and multiple trauma every day. They are our 'silent heroes.' Like Reeve, despite their disabilities, they continue to hope and provide inspiration as they work hard to reiterate back into everyday living.
Some of our staff had the privilege of hearing Reeve speak recently at First Energy Park in Lakewood in one of his last public appearances. He noted, "I'm from New Jersey, not from Krypton." Though that is true, the fact remains that Reeve, like so many of our patients truly are "super men and super women." We are proud of their efforts and accomplishments. Reeve, a bastion of hope for so many, will be missed.Dr. Padma Asusumilli
The Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls